Filip Hrgovic dominated Marko Radonjic by flooring him 5 occasions inside the primary three rounds on Friday evening in Austria.
The looming risk within the heavyweight division had been in talks to face Michael Hunter in an IBF eliminator to determine a compulsory challenger to the title held by Anthony Joshua, however was as an alternative compelled to rack up one other swift KO.
Hrgovic’s proper hand despatched Radonjic crashing to the canvas early within the second spherical.
Then the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist let a flurry of photographs go which had his rival down once more.
Radonjic bravely rose up however was flattened once more by Hrgovic’s correct proper hand.
Radonjic was nonetheless allowed to proceed however Hrgovic, in cruise management, whacked him with a physique shot inflicting a fourth knock-down in a single spherical.
Within the third spherical, Hrgovic landed a proper hand and a physique shot combo which put Radonjic on the ground for a fifth time.
Remarkably Radonjic was decided to battle on and he escaped the third spherical however, when he emerged for the fourth, the referee wouldn’t let him keep it up.
Croatia’s Hrgovic is undefeated in 13 fights, with 11 KOs, and stays the No 3-ranked contender with the IBF.
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